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Senate passes USMCA trade deal amid impeachment proceedings
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Senate passes USMCA trade deal amid impeachment proceedings
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A revised trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada (USMCA) was passed by the Senate on Thursday, marking the second victory this week for the Trump administration’s trade agenda. The largely bipartisan vote — 89-10 in favor of the legislation — comes only a day after President Donald Trump celebrated the signing […]

Warren and Sanders accuse each other of being liars after debate: Audio
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Warren and Sanders accuse each other of being liars after debate: Audio
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A day after a tense, muted exchange between presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the hosts of the debate released sound from the confrontation. Sen. Warren approached Sen. Sanders on stage after the Democratic debate in Iowa Tuesday night and told him she thought he called her “a liar on national TV,” according to […]

Articles of impeachment delivered to Senate, triggering historic trial of President Trump
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Articles of impeachment delivered to Senate, triggering historic trial of President Trump
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday formally set in motion the process of sending the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, triggering a historic trial set to begin on Thursday. At an “engrossment” signing ceremony for the House resolution naming the seven impeachment managers — the lawmakers who will present the […]

5 takeaways from the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses
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5 takeaways from the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses
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Six Democrats clashed on the smallest debate stage yet in Iowa, only 20 days before caucusgoers across the Hawkeye state are set to cast the first votes of the primary, bringing a heightened sense of urgency to the matchup Tuesday night. Amid visible fissures within the Democratic ranks, particularly among the top-tier, the seventh debate […]

Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign
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Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign
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Sen. Cory Booker suspended his presidential campaign Monday, the final act of a bid for the Democratic nomination defined by a persistent struggle to catch fire with voters and donors despite his relatively high profile and long-standing presidential ambitions. The news of the senator’s decision came weeks before the Iowa caucuses, where, despite a large […]

Warren says Sanders disagreed about woman being able to win presidency in private meeting
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Warren says Sanders disagreed about woman being able to win presidency in private meeting
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Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren confirmed earlier reports Monday evening that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders disagreed with her that a woman could win in 2020 against President Donald Trump. “Bernie and I met for more than two hours in December 2018 to discuss the 2020 election, our past work together and our shared goals,” Warren […]

Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake
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Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake
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In the face of mounting evidence, Iran on Saturday acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner by accident, killing all 176 people aboard. The admission by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard undermined the credibility of information provided by senior officials, who for three days had adamantly dismissed allegations of a missile strike as Western propaganda. It […]

After Steyer surges in two early state polls, Democratic debate to feature 6 candidates: DNC
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After Steyer surges in two early state polls, Democratic debate to feature 6 candidates: DNC
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After two early state polls propelled businessman Tom Steyer from the sidelines to the stage, six Democratic candidates — all of whom are white — are set to face off in Tuesday’s primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa., the Democratic National Committee announced Saturday. The first debate of the year — hosted by CNN and […]

Trump touts Soleimani killing at 1st 2020 campaign rally
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Trump touts Soleimani killing at 1st 2020 campaign rally
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President Donald Trump kicked off the 2020 election year at his first campaign rally by touting and defending his order to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and slamming his political opponents who questioned the move. “He was a bloodthirsty terror, and he’s no longer a terror. He’s dead,” Trump told the crowd gathered at the […]

GOP Sen. Mike Lee blasts officials for ‘insulting and demeaning’ Iran briefing
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GOP Sen. Mike Lee blasts officials for ‘insulting and demeaning’ Iran briefing
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President Donald Trump’s close, conservative ally Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was livid following a classified briefing that members of Congress received Wednesday by top officials on the decision to order an airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which brought tensions with Iran to a boiling point. While most Republicans came out of the briefing […]

Trump announces ‘powerful’ sanctions but not military retaliation after Iran missile strikes
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Trump announces ‘powerful’ sanctions but not military retaliation after Iran missile strikes
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President Donald Trump addressed the nation Wednesday morning from the White House, de-escalating a crisis with Iran following its missile strikes overnight on two bases in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed. “I’m pleased to inform you the American people should be extremely grateful and happy,” Trump said. “No Americans were harmed in last night’s […]

Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq, Pentagon confirms
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Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq, Pentagon confirms
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Iran fired multiple missiles into Iraq on Tuesday evening, targeting U.S. military sites in what appeared to be retaliation for the recent American drone strike that killed one of its top generals. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps swiftly took credit, and one Iranian politician tweeted his nation’s flag — an apparent swipe at President Donald […]

Harvey Weinstein’s long-anticipated criminal trial begins today in New York City
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Harvey Weinstein’s long-anticipated criminal trial begins today in New York City
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Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial, which begins Monday in New York City, has already seen more backstage drama, intrigue, infighting and cast changes than the Hollywood legal thriller that it could very well become one day. It’s been more than two years since bombshell reports from the New York Times and The New […]

Trump defends killing of Iranian general, accuses him of ‘plotting imminent and sinister attacks’ on Americans
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Trump defends killing of Iranian general, accuses him of ‘plotting imminent and sinister attacks’ on Americans
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President Donald Trump on Friday defended his order to kill a top Iranian general about 24 hours earlier, accusing him of “plotting imminent and sinister attacks” on American diplomats and military personnel. Making a short statement at Mar-a-Lago, using a teleprompter, Trump said, “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not […]

Julian Castro drops out of 2020 presidential race
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Julian Castro drops out of 2020 presidential race
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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro announced the end to his campaign on Thursday. “It’s with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today,” Castro tweeted. “I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. I’m going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope you’ll join me […]

Protesters outside Baghdad embassy disperse, US citizens still warned to avoid area
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Protesters outside Baghdad embassy disperse, US citizens still warned to avoid area
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Protesters who attempted to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday and camped outside the compound overnight dispersed on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. Marines guarding the embassy fired tear gas after the protesters lit a fire on the roof of the reception area, the Associated Press reported. Smoke could be seen rising from […]

Andrew Yang, pressed on health care, says he would ‘expand’ universal health care ‘over time’
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Andrew Yang, pressed on health care, says he would ‘expand’ universal health care ‘over time’
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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang defended his recently released health care plan, saying that he would work toward a “vision” of “universal health care for all Americans,” despite his plan not directly supporting “Medicare for All” or a public option. “We need to move towards universal health care that’s high quality and nearly cost free for […]

Amazon, Ring face $5 million proposed class action lawsuit that alleges camera ‘vulnerable’ to cyber-attacks
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Amazon, Ring face $5 million proposed class action lawsuit that alleges camera ‘vulnerable’ to cyber-attacks
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Amazon and Ring were slapped with a $5 million proposed class action federal lawsuit Thursday that alleges their camera systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Earlier this month, at least four families in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas reported that their Ring camera systems were compromised. In those cases, the customers say hackers tormented them with […]

Trump keeps up attacks on Speaker Pelosi as she holds up articles of impeachment
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Trump keeps up attacks on Speaker Pelosi as she holds up articles of impeachment
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday kept up his attacks on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying she hates Republicans and accusing her of acting unreasonably. He criticized Pelosi for not quickly transmitting articles of impeachment to the Senate, telling reporters shortly after holding a Christmas Eve video teleconference call with members of the military, that Pelosi […]

Trump administration raises legal age to buy tobacco in US to 21
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Trump administration raises legal age to buy tobacco in US to 21
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President Donald Trump gave his stamp of approval on Friday to raising the federal age requirement of who can legally purchase tobacco products to 21 when he signed spending bills approved by Congress this week. This change means that in less than a year it will become illegal for anyone under 21 in the United […]

Eddie Murphy returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for 1st time in 35 years
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Eddie Murphy returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for 1st time in 35 years
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Eddie Murphy made his name as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” On the last episode of the decade, he finally returned after 35 years. The comedian was on 65 episodes of the show from 1980 to 1984. He also hosted the show in late 1984, but despite dozens of blockbuster films in the […]

Actor Kevin Costner returns to Iowa to support Buttigieg
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Actor Kevin Costner returns to Iowa to support Buttigieg
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“Field of Dreams” actor Kevin Costner returned to Iowa on Sunday to go to bat for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, pitching the small-town mayor as someone worth listening to in the crowded lineup of White House hopefuls. “Whether your road leads you to Pete, like mine has, that’s for you to judge,” Costner, a […]

Boeing Starliner successfully lands in New Mexico after aborted mission to International Space Station
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Boeing Starliner successfully lands in New Mexico after aborted mission to International Space Station
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The Boeing Starliner spacecraft successfully landed in New Mexico on Sunday morning after a failed mission to the International Space Station. The ship landed in White Sands at 7:58 a.m. ET. The unmanned spacecraft, which launched on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, was slated to stay at the space station until […]

Pelosi: Not sending impeachment articles to Senate until she sees details of trial process
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Pelosi: Not sending impeachment articles to Senate until she sees details of trial process
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday stood by her position that the House will not send the Senate the just-passed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump until she sees “the process that is set forth in the Senate” — how a trial would be structured. When asked at her weekly news conference if there’s […]

Glendale man recalls moment bear jumps onto his car at Sequoia National Park
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Glendale man recalls moment bear jumps onto his car at Sequoia National Park
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A Southern California man is recalling the moment a bear jumped onto the trunk of his car at Sequoia National Park. Karo Orudzhyan was with his dog inside the vehicle the moment it happened last week. Orudzhyan said he wasn’t too scared by the bear, but it’s an experience he won’t forget. Orudzhyan said it […]

Halting 737 Max production will hit suppliers, airlines
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Halting 737 Max production will hit suppliers, airlines
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As Boeing prepares to shutter much of a huge factory near Seattle that builds the grounded 737 Max jet, the economic hit is reverberating across the United States in places such as Wichita, Kansas, Stamford, Connecticut, and Cincinnati. Those cities are home to some of 900 companies worldwide that supply parts for the troubled plane, […]

Donald Trump becomes 3rd president in US history to be impeached
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Donald Trump becomes 3rd president in US history to be impeached
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Donald Trump became only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached when the House on Wednesday approved an article accusing him of abuse of power. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the historic and mostly party-line vote, 230-197, making it official and setting up a Senate trial in January. Democrats then led the House […]

House inches closer to historic impeachment vote; Rules Committee decides on 6 hours of debate
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House inches closer to historic impeachment vote; Rules Committee decides on 6 hours of debate
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The House Rules Committee on Tuesday began the next procedural step before a full House vote Wednesday on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The small panel is tasked with preparing legislation and setting the terms for debate on the House floor. In one big decision, the committee decided late Tuesday to debate […]

7 candidates invited to face off in final Democratic primary debate of 2019: DNC
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7 candidates invited to face off in final Democratic primary debate of 2019: DNC
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Only seven of the 15 Democratic candidates still running for president qualified for the final primary debate of 2019, the Democratic National Committee announced Friday, but all of those candidates have indicated they won’t attend the debate if they have to cross a local union’s picket line to do so. In tweets Friday ahead of […]

Michelle Obama tweets support for Greta Thunberg after Trump tells teen activist to ‘chill’
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Michelle Obama tweets support for Greta Thunberg after Trump tells teen activist to ‘chill’
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Former first lady Michelle Obama has a message of support for Greta Thunberg after President Donald Trump tweeted at the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist to “chill.” “Don’t let anyone dim your light. Like the girls I’ve met in Vietnam and all over the world, you have so much to offer us all,” Obama tweeted early […]

House Judiciary Committee passes articles of impeachment against President Trump
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House Judiciary Committee passes articles of impeachment against President Trump
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The House Judiciary Committee on Friday morning voted along party lines to approve two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, sending them to the full House for historic final votes expected next Wednesday. The committee favorably recommended charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress to the full House. Trump is now the […]

Michelle Obama promotes girls education in Vietnam school
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Michelle Obama promotes girls education in Vietnam school
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Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama spoke to students at a school in southern Vietnam while promoting education for girls to help reach their full potential. Obama, accompanied by actresses Julia Roberts and Lana Condor and “Today Show” co-host Jenna Bush Hager, met on Monday with girls at a high school in Long An province […]

Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against Trump: Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress
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Democrats unveil 2 articles of impeachment against Trump: Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress
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Democrats on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a historic step that could lead to a full House vote as early as next week. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced that Democrats were going forward with charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Late Tuesday morning, Democrats released […]

Trump blasts impeachment at Pennsylvania rally hours after Democrats unveil charges
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Trump blasts impeachment at Pennsylvania rally hours after Democrats unveil charges
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Hours after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, he blasted the charges at a packed campaign rally in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania. The president specifically lashed out at House Democrats for announcing articles of impeachment just before also announcing they had struck a deal with the White House […]

Andrew Yang qualifies for last Democratic debate of 2019 as lone candidate of color
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Andrew Yang qualifies for last Democratic debate of 2019 as lone candidate of color
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Only two days before the deadline to qualify for the last Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019, entrepreneur Andrew Yang secured his last qualifying poll to join six of his competitors in Los Angeles on Dec. 19, marking the only candidate of color who will appear on the stage so far. Yang cleared the polling […]

3 key takeaways on final House impeachment hearing
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3 key takeaways on final House impeachment hearing
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Congressional lawyers made their case to lawmakers Monday on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, presenting the final testimony in a weeks-long effort that has divided the nation. The next step will be consideration of articles of impeachment by the House Judiciary Committee as early as Wednesday. Here’s what to know: No new evidence, but […]

Russia, Ukraine to hold 1st major peace summit in years next week
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Russia, Ukraine to hold 1st major peace summit in years next week
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Russia and Ukraine will hold peace talks at a summit in Paris on Monday, the first time in three years there have been high-level talks between the two countries focused on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. The talks are taking place in the so-called “Normandy Format,” with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor […]

Democrats plot week ahead for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump
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Democrats plot week ahead for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump
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Roughly two dozen Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, dressed casually for the weekend, gathered in the grand hearing room in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Saturday for the first of two days of preparation ahead of a crucial week in impeachment proceedings against the president. Working over pizza with Democratic lawyers […]

Elon Musk cleared of defamation in ‘pedo guy’ tweet trial
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Elon Musk cleared of defamation in ‘pedo guy’ tweet trial
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Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a Thailand cave last year, had sought […]

Key takeaways on the House Judiciary Committee’s 1st hearing on Trump’s impeachment
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Key takeaways on the House Judiciary Committee’s 1st hearing on Trump’s impeachment
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The impeachment inquiry moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with a panel of constitutional scholars tackling the million dollar question in the debate: Do President Donald Trump’s actions warrant impeachment under the Constitution? Three of the witnesses were lawyers handpicked by the Democratic majority: Pamela Khan, a professor at Stanford Law School; Michael […]

Why exuberant Hong Kong protesters are waving American flags
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Why exuberant Hong Kong protesters are waving American flags
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Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters waving American flags filled the streets Thursday to celebrate President Donald Trump’s signing of a law that supports their months-long movement. Images and video footage from the semi-autonomous city showed thousands of protesters out to praise the action, with many waving or adorning red, white and blue flags. President Trump on […]

Trump welcomes Conan, hero dog from al-Baghdadi raid, to White House
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Trump welcomes Conan, hero dog from al-Baghdadi raid, to White House
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At the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump welcomed Conan — the hero dog from the raid that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. After emerging from the Oval Office with the dog and a handler, Vice President Mike Pence, and first lady Melania Trump, Trump spoke to reporters […]

Former Trump adviser John Bolton returns to Twitter with cryptic message
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Former Trump adviser John Bolton returns to Twitter with cryptic message
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After a more than two-month hiatus from Twitter, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton is back on the platform with a cryptic message amid the impeachment probe. “Glad to be back on Twitter after more than two months. For the backstory, stay tuned……..” he Tweeted on Friday. He later tweeted, “since resigning […]

Michigan halts sale of marijuana e-cigs unless re-tested
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Michigan halts sale of marijuana e-cigs unless re-tested
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Michigan on Friday halted the sale of marijuana vaping products until they are tested for a compound that has been identified as a culprit in e-cigarette-related lung illnesses. The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s emergency rules, which prohibit vitamin E acetate, apply to existing medical marijuana businesses and those in the process of being licensed to […]

Key takeaways from day 5 of the public impeachment hearings
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Key takeaways from day 5 of the public impeachment hearings
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It’s day No. 5 of the House impeachment hearings and the last day of testimony scheduled by Democrats so far. Testifying on Thursday were Fiona Hill, former senior director for Europe and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council and David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine. Lt. Col. Alexander […]

5 takeaways from the 5th Democratic debate
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5 takeaways from the 5th Democratic debate
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The Democratic primary’s top 10 polling candidates appeared in Atlanta and the debate matchup featured a night of mostly civil exchanges over the party’s policy rifts and plenty of tailored pitches as the candidates continued to court a still unsettled electorate less than three months before the first primaries. In one of the last primary […]

Key takeaways from the impeachment hearings on day 4 of public testimony
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Key takeaways from the impeachment hearings on day 4 of public testimony
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Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, was President Donald Trump’s handpicked dealmaker on Ukraine, according to his fellow impeachment witnesses. On Wednesday, he testified publicly for the first time under subpoena. Sondland is considered a key witness in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine. Trump wanted Ukraine President Volodymyr […]

Democratic debate: Top tier clash in one of the last primary matchups of 2019
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Democratic debate: Top tier clash in one of the last primary matchups of 2019
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The fifth Democratic primary debate convened 10 candidates on stage Wednesday night in Georgia, a state trending more purple due in part to shifting demographics, as the splintered field struggles to confront the party’s mounting concerns over defeating President Donald Trump and more Democrats both formally and potentially join the fold. The showdown, one of […]

5 key takeaways from impeachment hearings on Day 3
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5 key takeaways from impeachment hearings on Day 3
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It’s week No. 2 in public hearings on the House impeachment inquiry, and the public gets to hear from witnesses who were listening to President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Testifying Tuesday morning were Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s Ukraine expert, and Jennifer Williams, a […]

Prince Andrew’s efforts to put scandal behind him backfire
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Prince Andrew’s efforts to put scandal behind him backfire
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Prince Andrew’s effort to put the Jeffrey Epstein scandal behind him may have instead done him irreparable harm. While aides are trying to put the best face on his widely criticized interview with the BBC, royal watchers are asking whether he can survive the public relations disaster and remain a working member of the royal […]

Roger Stone found guilty on all 7 counts
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Roger Stone found guilty on all 7 counts
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President Donald Trump’s longtime friend and onetime campaign adviser, Roger Stone, was convicted in the only remaining case from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Jurors have returned a guilty verdict on all of seven counts including five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of a proceeding. […]

5 key takeaways from the 1st day of the public impeachment hearing
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5 key takeaways from the 1st day of the public impeachment hearing
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The House on Wednesday convened its first impeachment hearing in more than 20 years. Testifying was William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the State Department’s top career official tasked with Ukraine policy. Here are the key takeaways: New details involving another Trump phone call Much of Wednesday’s testimony recounted details […]

Trump says he’d be ‘happy’ to run against Bloomberg for president
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Trump says he’d be ‘happy’ to run against Bloomberg for president
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President Donald Trump on Friday said he’d be “happy” to run against fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg amid reports he was close to entering the Democratic race for president. “I’d be happy. There’s nobody I’d rather run against than little Michael, that I can tell you,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for […]

Beto O’Rourke ends 2020 presidential campaign
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Beto O’Rourke ends 2020 presidential campaign
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Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced on Twitter that he’s dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. About an hour after informing his staff he was dropping out of the race, O’Rourke joined surprised supporters and volunteers stationed outside an arena in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was scheduled to speak at the Liberty […]

Trump invites ‘hero’ dog from al-Baghdadi raid to White House, declassifies name as ‘Conan’
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Trump invites ‘hero’ dog from al-Baghdadi raid to White House, declassifies name as ‘Conan’
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President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted that a dog used by United States special operations forces in a raid that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria would leave the Middle East to come to the White House next week — and then he declassified the dog’s name. After […]

Divided House passes impeachment probe resolution
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Divided House passes impeachment probe resolution
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A sharply divided House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution to authorize the ongoing impeachment inquiry, including open hearings, taking a pivotal new step in the process to investigate President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The mostly party-line vote was the first time members of the House have formally gone on record to support […]

Dems unveil impeachment procedures; GOP calls process unfair
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Dems unveil impeachment procedures; GOP calls process unfair
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House Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday authorizing the next phase of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump as Democrats move to nullify complaints from Trump and his Republican allies that the impeachment process is illegitimate and unfair. An eight-page resolution calls for open hearings and requires the House Intelligence Committee to submit a report outlining […]

Space satellite crashes in front yard of Michigan home
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Space satellite crashes in front yard of Michigan home
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A Samsung pseudo space satellite parachuted from the sky and fell to the ground on a farm in Merrill, Michigan, on Saturday morning. Nancy Welke of Merrill told the Gratiot County Herald that she and her husband, Dan, were preparing to let their horses out around 8:45 a.m. when they heard a loud crash in […]

Death of al-Baghdadi an ‘important milestone,’ retired military leaders say
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Death of al-Baghdadi an ‘important milestone,’ retired military leaders say
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The U.S. operation that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was “an incredibly important milestone,” retired Gen. Joseph Votel said on ABC’s “This Week” “This is an extraordinarily complex mission, but as we have come to expect from our special operations forces, extraordinarily well executed,” Votel said. Votel and retired Adm. […]

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi targeted, believed dead in US raid in Syria: Sources
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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi targeted, believed dead in US raid in Syria: Sources
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State last seen alive in a video in April, was targeted in a strike by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Syria on Saturday, according to three U.S. officials. The ISIS leader is believed to be dead, those officials told ABC News. One official told ABC News al-Baghdadi […]

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she won’t run for re-election in her district
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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she won’t run for re-election in her district
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In a new video released after midnight on Thursday and an email to her supporters, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she will not run for re-election in her district in 2020. She has been facing one of the toughest primary challenges of her career from Hawaii state Sen. Kai Kahele, who wished her good luck […]

Rep. Tim Ryan announces end to 2020 presidential campaign
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Rep. Tim Ryan announces end to 2020 presidential campaign
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Rep. Tim Ryan announced in a video posted online that he is “withdrawing from the presidential campaign” after being in the race since April 2019. “While it didn’t work out quite the way we planned, this voice will not be stifled,” Ryan said in a statement. “I will continue to advocate and fight for the […]

Republicans storm secure room, delay in questioning of top defense official on Ukraine aid
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Republicans storm secure room, delay in questioning of top defense official on Ukraine aid
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About two dozen House Republicans delayed a deposition in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, storming the secure hearing room and demanding to take part, raising security concerns about the sensitive space. The protest forced Democrats to delay the hearing with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Laura Cooper for five […]

Trump claims ‘breakthrough’ on Syria, lifts sanctions on Turkey: ‘We’re getting out’
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Trump claims ‘breakthrough’ on Syria, lifts sanctions on Turkey: ‘We’re getting out’
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President Donald Trump, facing harsh criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for his abrupt decisions on Syria, claimed a “breakthrough” on Wednesday, saying the ceasefire on Turkey’s border with Syria was now “permanent.” “Early this morning, the Government of Turkey … said that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria, making the […]

Trump compares impeachment process to ‘a lynching’
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Trump compares impeachment process to ‘a lynching’
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President Donald Trump compared the impeachment process to “a lynching” on Twitter Tuesday morning, triggering another political firestorm. A check of his previous tweets and public statements showed that this appeared to be the first time he has used the term as president. “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win […]

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses bid to delay hearing
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses bid to delay hearing
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a U.K. court Monday to fight extradition to the United States on espionage charges, and he lost a bid to delay proceedings so that his legal team would have more time to prepare his case. Assange defiantly raised a fist to supporters who jammed the public gallery in Westminster […]

Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral
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Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral
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Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump on Saturday abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort next year. Trump announced a rare backtrack Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit […]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comes out in support of Bernie Sanders at his first rally post-heart attack
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comes out in support of Bernie Sanders at his first rally post-heart attack
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to New York City on Saturday, drawing the largest crowd of supports in the 2020 election cycle thus far and marking his return to the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack on Oct. 1. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the senator at the event dubbed the “Bernie’s Back […]

Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump: ‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’
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Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump: ‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’
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Former Defense Secretary James Mattis roasted his former boss at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York City on Thursday night. Mattis took the stage at the annual dinner — an opportunity to crack jokes about local and national politics — with an introduction from comic legend Martin Short. “According to the president he’s […]

US, Turkey reach agreement on Syria, but differ over whether it’s a ceasefire or pause in operations
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US, Turkey reach agreement on Syria, but differ over whether it’s a ceasefire or pause in operations
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The U.S. and Turkey reached an agreement on Thursday to halt Turkish operations against Syrian Kurdish forces the U.S. once backed in what President Donald Trump heralded as “a great day for civilization,” but critics condemned as a capitulation to Turkish demands. Following negotiations — led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vice President […]

‘Don’t be a tough guy’: President Trump sent threatening letter to Turkish President Erdogan on day of invasion
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‘Don’t be a tough guy’: President Trump sent threatening letter to Turkish President Erdogan on day of invasion
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President Donald Trump admonished the president of Turkey in a surreal personal letter sent last week in which he threatened to be “responsible for destroying the Turkish economy” and said his fellow leader should not be “a tough guy” or a “fool.” The letter was first reported by Fox News and later confirmed as accurate […]

Pence, Giuliani defy demands by Congress for documents
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Pence, Giuliani defy demands by Congress for documents
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Declaring the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry illegitimate, Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday refused to hand over documents on Ukraine. The Defense Department and White House’s Office of Management and Budget also declined to comply with the investigation, defying congressional subpoenas, officials said. The move dramatically escalates the […]

Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes
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Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes
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A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state’s weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the prohibition on hold until “further order of this court.” The preliminary injunction will be appealed […]

Goat breaks down door of family home, takes nap in bathroom
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Goat breaks down door of family home, takes nap in bathroom
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A goat who escaped from an Ohio farm ended up breaking into a family home and taking a nap in the bathroom. The goat, named “Big Boy”, went missing from a local farm in Ohio before he ended up a few miles away inside the Keathley residence in Ashland County’s Sullivan Township. Big Boy allegedly […]